Prospect Faceoff: Prospect Faceoff: Matthews stays hot in Zurich, Svechnikov-Garland duel, plus two Top 20 teams clash in college hockey

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Dominik Mason - Peterborough Petes; Juho Lammikko - Kingston Frontenacs - Prospect Faceoff for 10/16/15

Photo: Peterborough Petes defenseman and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Dominik Masin, and Kingston Frontenacs forward and Florida Panthers prospect Juho Lammikko may one day be NHL divisional rivals, but they will go head-to-head in an interesting OHL clash this weekend (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images and Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Auston Matthews is taking an unconventional path to the NHL, and has earned a few accolades already while playing in Switzerland. Two electric playmakers go head-to-head in a battle of assist machines in the QMJHL, and a pair of potential Canadian teammates will likely see a lot of each other in a weekend contest. The Tampa Bay Lightning’s newest signee lines up against a powerhouse forward in what could be a preview of what to expect in the future from both Floridian franchises. NCAA hockey is back, and two Top-20 teams are set to clash in a non-conference game to close out this week’s edition of Prospect Faceoff. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Pair of newly-minted captains clash, plus draft-eligibles in the NAHL, Senators’ prospects in the SHL

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Jaedon Descheneau - Kootenay Ice; Ivan Provorov - Brandon Wheat Kings - Prospect Faceoff - 10/9/15

Photo: Kootenay Ice forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Jaedon Descheneau (L), and Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Ivan Provorov are one of the marquee, head-to-head NHL prospect encounters this weekend (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images and Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Leadership is often one of the first things teams discuss when evaluating prospects, and for Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters and Timo Meier of the Halifax Mooseheads, both players will adorn new letters this year. In the WHL, a surprising early cut from training camp faces off against a diminutive forward, and two draft-eligible players from the NAHL, as well as two Ottawa Senators prospects lead their teams into weekend action. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Spitfires’ Brown set to build on experiences from 2014-15

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Logan Brown - Windsor Spitfires

Photo: Windsor Spitfires forward and 2016 prospect Logan Brown played for the Indiana Jr. Ice in 2013-14 before heading to the OHL to play for the Spitfires (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Windsor Spitfires in 2015-16 are icing a big team. But the biggest presence of all, both literally and figuratively, will come from a draft-eligible player who was thrust into the spotlight last season thanks to a dynamic and franchise-altering trade. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Matthews begins season as top prospect in ISS Hockey rankings

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Jakob Chychrun - Sarnia Sting

Photo: Sarnia Sting defenseman and 2016 prospect Jakob Chychrun is considered to be the top defensive prospect available for the 2016 NHL Draft (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

He missed being eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft by two days, but that may have been to Auston Matthews benefit as he enters the 2015-16 season as the top-ranked prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft according to ISS Hockey. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Matthews having no trouble fitting in with ZSC Lions

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Auston Matthews - ZSC Lions Zurich - Champions Hockey League

Photo: ZSC Lions forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews elected to move to Switzerland to further his career rather than go the NCAA or WHL route (courtesy of Sparta Prague/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

Back in early August at USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp, Team USA forward Auston Matthews was asked about whether a decision had been made regarding the team he would compete for in the 2015-16 season. Matthews elected not to let the cat out of the bag, instead simply stating that a decision would be made after the completion of the NJEC. Read more»

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